Archaeology and Its Aftermath

in Facts on the Ground

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780226001944
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226002156 | DOI:
Archaeology and Its Aftermath

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This chapter considers several struggles over the rightful ownership of archaeology's objects. First, it explores a set of arguments dealing with Palestinian rights to archaeological artifacts and sites and regarding the kinds of claims that Palestinians can and cannot, do or do not, make to the ancient past and thus to a distinctive national history of their own. Second, it analyzes a challenge from Ultra-Orthodox Jews demanding the right to control some of archaeology's (Jewish) artifacts. This is a struggle to redefine specific classes of objects, human bones and, increasingly, specific artifactual remains, as sacred and not archaeological.

Keywords: archaeological artifacts; archaeological sites; national history; artifactual remains; rightful ownership; Palestinian rights

Chapter.  16132 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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